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Do Condensation Traps Work In Cars?

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Got in my car last night and it was like the Amazon rainforest on the inside of the screen - moisture and alligators everywhere. OK, no alligators.

Anyhow, what is the best way to reduce condensation inside a car during the winter months? I was thinking of one of those condensation trap things with the crystals and the plastic container to suck in the moisture? Do they work?

Or is there a better way other than moving to a dryer climate?

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Tends to affect older cars as leaks and old seals begin to take a toll unless you are bringing a lot fo damp clothes into the car. Definitely give a gel moisture trap a go, they work well generally.

Also trips on sunny / warmer days wind the windows down and give the car a good airing.

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Saw a couple of small gadgets filled with drying agent yesterday as I could do with something for a fitted wardrobe on an outside wall.

One changes colour when it's full then you plug it into to dry it, the other were eggs which you then microwave to dry out. These were bioth abourt £15 and I think I cna do cheaper, will be checking out Wilkos, and Lidl/Aldi who might do them at one stage.

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Got in my car last night and it was like the Amazon rainforest on the inside of the screen - moisture and alligators everywhere. OK, no alligators.

Anyhow, what is the best way to reduce condensation inside a car during the winter months? I was thinking of one of those condensation trap things with the crystals and the plastic container to suck in the moisture? Do they work?

Or is there a better way other than moving to a dryer climate?

I take it your car doesn't have air conditioning/climate control?

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I take it your car doesn't have air conditioning/climate control?

It does but I have a drive and it is incredibly sheltered and damp - hardly gets any sunshine at height of summer. I also am prone to hyperventilation so I probably give off too much CO2.

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An old car I had once was really bad for condensation and I found opening the windows on the last leg of my journey replacing all that moist, sweaty, breathed on air with fresh outside air helped no end.

Yes, I need to do this.

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They do work in houses. I had a problem in two corners of two rooms. A 1950s detached bungalow double brick skin with cavity.. not really as good as modern thermal blocks, radiator heat was condensing on cold walls.

Got a couple of Aero 360s at Wilko for a tenner each positioned in said corners and no problem since.

Just didn't fancy a bulky dehumidifier, cheaper to run though because Aero 360 needs replacement filters.

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Got in my car last night and it was like the Amazon rainforest on the inside of the screen - moisture and alligators everywhere. OK, no alligators.

Anyhow, what is the best way to reduce condensation inside a car during the winter months? I was thinking of one of those condensation trap things with the crystals and the plastic container to suck in the moisture? Do they work?

Or is there a better way other than moving to a dryer climate?

Sounds like your head gasket's gone.

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Sounds like your head gasket's gone.

If that was the problem surely the CH temperature would rise plus other tell tale signs such as the engine blowing up??

They do work in houses. I had a problem in two corners of two rooms. A 1950s detached bungalow double brick skin with cavity.. not really as good as modern thermal blocks, radiator heat was condensing on cold walls.

Got a couple of Aero 360s at Wilko for a tenner each positioned in said corners and no problem since.

Just didn't fancy a bulky dehumidifier, cheaper to run though because Aero 360 needs replacement filters.

They work in houses (I have a delonghi des12 running continuously now (since last week until the warmer weather returns).

I doubt they'll work as effectively in a car environment though(tin can) as it'll lose heat much quicker than in an insulated house and drop the water out of the air faster than the capacity for the desiccant to mop up the moist air. Surely?

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......put heater on full, fan on full and direct fan full on to inside windscreen whilst scraping the outside glass then the inside glass, wipe with dry lint free clean rag.....ready to go. ;)

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This might sound daft, but hear me out.

You say you park on a steep slope.

Try parking facing the opposite direction.

There might just be a leak/mositure trap that feeds into the interior, that is less vulnerable if you point the car the other way.

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This might sound daft, but hear me out.

You say you park on a steep slope.

Try parking facing the opposite direction.

There might just be a leak/mositure trap that feeds into the interior, that is less vulnerable if you point the car the other way.

Nice bit of lateral thinking there, a very good point.

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Oddly enough, years ago I lived on a hill and would get condensation or not dependent on which way I parked the car.

Just bought a bjg bag of silica gel kitty litter for 2.29 from Home Bargains. Will leave some in some plastic containers tonight and see what happens.

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